One look at the International Justice Mission (IJM) web site reveals the story of 14 slaves held at a rock quarry in Bangledore, India. IJM helped gather local police and government support to raid the quarry and free those being held.
These kinds of stories are happening every day, though most don’t include a rescue.
Seeing the documentary Call + Response has caused me to think about what my response should be now that I’ve been somewhat educated regarding the problem of slavery. With an estimated 27 million people held in slavery around the world, what action could I take that could possibly be effective against a problem so large? What do modern abolitionists do?
First of all, we ask God, “Where would you have me join your work to end the injustice of human slavery in our world?” Then we listen for God’s voice as he leads us in taking steps. Not every person is called to fund, lead or participate in every mission. However, God is certainly calling all of us to unique participation in what he is doing in the world.
Second, we educate ourselves on the issue. We read the news, with a keen eye for stories about oppressed people. We sign up for e-newsletters at sources sensitive to human trafficking. Sources like International Justice Mission, Free the Slaves, Not For Sale and IRIN Humanitarian News are excellent (Thanks Krista).
Finally, we choose to be aware of the value of every decision. Every huge moral crisis can be thwarted by a million small steps by a million people. In fact, most of the moral dilemmas in our lives only involve small decisions and these small decisions make up the fabric of our existence.
I highly recommend the “33 Responses” list on the Call + Response web site. Krista and I have strengthened our resolve on some of the things we were already doing, while also commiting to some new steps that we had not considered before now.
Galatians 4:7 says that we are no longer slaves, but sons who have an inheritance. As former slaves, we have plenty of motivation to continue thinking of ways to participate in God’s freedom mission.
4 thoughts on “Modern Abolitionists”
Appreciate the post. So far no screenings have been publicly scheduled in our area, although i have recently inquired how we can screen it.
Heard/read some great things about this project and human trafficking is a crisis that grieves me.
Fully agree that “we need to choose to be aware of the value of every decision…”
Thank you for your posting. We at IJM are so encouraged by others who are devoted to getting this message out and encouraging others to get involved. I want to recommend Gary Haugen’s (IJM President) new book Just Courage. It about the courage God gives us to really follow these callings and commissions to battle injustice in whatever context. I think you would really enjoy it. Thank you again.
Thanks, Crissa for stopping by and for the book recommendation… I’m actually reading it right now and can already also recommend it to others.
If anyone is interested in picking up Just Courage, you can use the link in the left sidebar.
a great 2007 doc on modern sugar slavery:
another 2007 doc on modern sugar slavery